Also referred to as advance directives, these types of documents detail the medical care an individual wants. The purpose of advance directives is to provide guidance in the event that something happens which prevents an individual from communicating and/or making decisions. The two types of advance directives are a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care.
A durable power of attorney for health care (or proxy) makes it possible for an individual to designate the person they want to make decisions on their behalf in the event of incapacitation. This form of durable power of attorney can be executed by anyone over the age of eighteen. Since there’s often confusion between this document and a living will, it’s worth mentioning the two key differences.
These documents are separated by the fact that durable power of attorney designates a decision maker, while a living will only provides guidance in a specific medical situation. The other very significant difference is living wills are not legally binding in all US states. Because these are very important differences and issues, Life Care Legal Counselors will help you fully understand the implications of all potential decisions.